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Membership + Baptism

MEMBERSHIP


Membership in the body of Christ is a significant step for all believers. Paul describes Christians as “fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household” (Ephesians 2:19). Members contribute to the health of the body. As we respond to the leadership of Christ, “…the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” There is no such thing as a solo Christian! Every believer needs to be connected to the body of Christ. This gives the member the benefit of having spiritual leaders who can encourage, teach, and provide accountability. This benefits the body by connecting members to the organic work of the church. Membership at BridgeWay is for all baptized believers who have attended the Discover BridgeWay class.

BENEFITS OF BEING A MEMBER OF BRIDGEWAY CHURCH

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Identity

Identifies me as a genuine believer
Ephesians 2:19 & Romans 12:5

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Family

Gives me a spiritual family to support & encourage me
Galatians 6:1-2 & Hebrews 10:24-25

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Accountability

Gives me the accountability I need to grow
Ephesians 5:2

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Home

Gives me a place to discover and use my gifts and talents in ministry
1 Corinthians 12:4-27

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Protection

Places me under the spiritual protection of godly leaders
Hebrews 13:17 & Acts 20:28-29

BAPTISM

Baptism is for those who believe in Christ and are ready to turn from sin. Christ himself was baptized and gave us the command to go and make disciples and baptize others in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19-20). Baptism is not a work by which we earn salvation, but it is a moment in which we say yes to the free gift of grace offered to us in Christ. First-century Christians understood that baptism is a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (Romans 6:4). Baptism signifies a spiritual union with Christ as we say goodbye to the old man and hello to the new man. Baptism is not the gospel but part of our response to the gospel. When early believers were convicted of their sin, they asked, “What must we do?” They were told, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).

BAPTISM AT BRIDGEWAY

Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ. If you have questions about baptism or would like to be baptized, please contact our offices or ask to speak with a member of our staff. To be a member at BridgeWay, you must be a baptized believer.